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traffic delays in the new york area, as well as chicago. >> republican leaders approving a ban on earmark this is week, but one of their own, now says he has a better plan. we'll talk to him live and ask him all about it straight ahead. first the fight to pass health care reform entering the final round, finally. all eyes on capitol hill the house narrowly passing a health care bill in november. since then, five democrats who voted yes have come out against the bill on the table, putting the current vote tally at 211 for the measure and 220 against. and democratic leaders need 216 votes in order to push their health care overhaul through. julie kirk is live in washington. good to see you. what are the outstanding big issues here? >> well, one hand you have the democrat who thinks the health
care bill doesn't go far enough. they want universal coverage and comprehensive public option. democratic advisors are pretty hopeful those folks will get on board with the obama plan and then there are 12 anti-abortion house democrats led by bart stupak of michigan. he tells the national review, some of his group have decided to back the bill, the senate bill, even with abortion funding language included in the senate bill. stupak says, by the way, he is no vote. and today speaking for the republicans who oppose the health care bill, scott brown spoke out for the republican address. here he is. >> for many members of congress, the time for choosing is near. do what the party leadership demands or do what the people have asked you to do. if my colleagues don't mind a bit of advice from a newcomer, i'd suggest going with the will of the people. >> it's getting intense, it's getting close. it is brown's election that denied them their super
majority. >> the president postpone be a trip because he felt like there was a lot of momentum with health care. what is the white house doing to try to push for those important votes? >> plenty of phone calls. he's cleared his schedule to lobby members. he's staying in washington, as you said. he's actually going to ohio on monday and the push is on this weekend as well. robert gibbs using twitter to point to a piece by secretary of transportation ray lahood in the chicago tribune on sunday of the he's a life long republican and fiscal conservative and rights he would vote for the bill if he were in congress right now. he says it will end up reducing the deficit and lahood writes as a former member with a pro-life voting record, he is comfortable with the wording in the bill. so appealing to pro-life democrats as well. >> we have been talk being health care reform for as long as i can remember now. what is the timing here for the final vote? are we really nearing the end on
this? >> that's never going to end. right now we're looking at the next ten days. they have a new deadline of the 21st. speaker pelosi says that there will be a vote in the next ten days, but certainly can't guarantee it. first the house needs to vote on the senate bill. then they'll vote on a bill of so-called fixes and then the senate will vote on the fixes, and then the president would theoretically sign it if they get the support. but the votes aren't there yet. we'll have to see how it plays out. >> it's never going to end. julie, thank you. >> it's still not going to end because we're still going to talk about it right now. another issue facing lawmakers, the upcoming election, if history is any indication, democrats will probably lose some seats in november based on history. the party the of the newly elected president almost always takes losses in the following midterm election. the real question is, how bad will it be for democrats and what if that could passing or not passing health care reform have on their prospects? joining us are democratic
consultant and former deputy assistant to president george bush. great to have you here. >> hi. >> let's talk about who will take a slap on the wrist. whatever you want to call it in the upcoming elections. richard, you say the president is in good shape and that means good news for the democrats. >> well, he is is good shape relatively speaking. i mean when you look what unemployment numbers were under president obama and similar numbers under president reagan, president obama's approval ratings are probably higher than when ronald reagan was president in 1982 and the republicans last 26 seats. i think democrats get rewarded for passing health care to answer scott brown who says listen to the will of the people. what the people want is an end to exploiting health -- exploding health care costs. they're embarrassed that the u.s. is the only industrialized company without health care. when health care gets done, those things will be addressed, so come this fall when the
doughnut hole for senior social security closed, when people who have kids with preexisting conditions can allow their kids to get health insurance, when those things are done, i wonder if republicans will say, we want to take that away from you. i think that's a hard position. in massachusetts, one final thing, mitt romney passed a program very much like this against popular will and now if you try to take that away, people will scream bloody murder. >> you answered all my questions. scott, go ahead. i know you want to jump in on this. any of those points. >> he did a great job of spin, but here is the reality. the democrats, if they pass, they lose. they lose either way. here is judge. the american people are overwhelmingly against the health care bill. if they pass a health care bill, they're passing a bill for the american people don't want. in addition, the american people are going to be asked to pay into a system without receiving any benefit for four years. the price tag is going to be close to a trillion dollars. we already have a trillion dollars worth of debt. if the democrats were smart,
they would have concentrated on jobs and putting americans back to work, unemployment is still hovering at 10%, in urban areas 16%. what good is affordable health care if you don't have a job? >> brad, the american people don't like the plan, but richard, you say that's not true. >> well, it's not true in this regard. when you look at the polls and people are asked, are they for it or against it, it tips more unfavorable to favorable and the reason that is is because, and julie made reference in herpes a few minutes ago, there's a lot of the public that wanted the public option, that want something more aggressive. when they're asked, they're saying, no, we don't like this. but in the end of the day, if you say to those people, everybody who is in favor of this very program, would you rather have this become law or have the status quo of the exploding cost, insurance company abuses and so forth? of course, those people ho want the public option say this is appreciably better than nothing. there are benefits that flow to the public between now and
election day. again, the preexisting condition for kids. doughnut hole being covered, the fact that young people, 26, 27 years old many are unemployed and put on their parents' program have that become law as of election day and have the republicans say, public, we're taking that away from you. that's what the election is about, i think democrats are okay. >> you're not thinking it will be ugly. but brad, you disagree? >> i think the republican mantra should be we need to put people back to work. we're going to repeal this thing. there is no tort reform in this thing. no universality of selling across state lines. these are things the democrats can do tomorrow if they wanted. they choose not to. how about mismanagement and abuse which costs millions of dollars. there is no serious attempt at curbing those costs. republicans are going to remind people why they were against this bill if it does pass and what the republicans are going to do to repeal it and get america back to work instead of creating bigger bureaucracy and more expense. >> you both think it will pass, though? >> i do.
>> probably not by much. these things always come down to the wire, they get very hairy and people get involved in the process, who is getting what deals cut. at the end of the day, you wouldn't be hearing these noises, now that speaker pelosi, the president wouldn't be postponing his trip if they didn't think they had the votes. and the people with stupak are peeling off. i'm betting stupak ends up voting for the bill because he wants the public to get health care. >> richard, you touched on something that just makes people crazy, that we -- we always forget, there is a lot of wheeling and dealing going on and deal making going on behind the scenes. brad, it goes on both parties do it. it's nothing that's unusual. but what kind of deals are we seeing going on? >> let me say this, if this was the best deal for america and democrats are in control of the house and senate with high majorities, with a democratic president, they would be falling all over themselves to vote for this this bill. what are they doing? running away from the bill or lining up for payoffs to vote for it or asking for future
legislation in order to buy their vote. this is not what america is all about. they shouldn't be paid off to vote for a bill. incidentally, there is no bill. it isn't on-line. you can't find it anywhere and the congressional budget office has yet to score it. so how can they be for a bill, nobody has ever read or seen? >> where is the bill? >> it's the senate bill, brad. i think the fact of the matter is what the house members are going to be asked to vote on essentially is what the senate passed. that's been done since december. >> but richard, there has been a conference now. there has been a conference where they had tried to merge these bills. it's not going to be exactly verbatim the senate bill, which incidentally, is thousands of pages long. come on, we're back in the same old stuff where you don't have to read things. all you have to do is trust the white house and pelosi and reid. i don't think the american people are going to buy that. >> got to wrap it up here, guys. thank you for joining us today. we appreciate it. it's rain not guilty dc as well. thank you. >> guess what's going to be a big topic tomorrow on fox news sunday? if you said health care, you
were right! ding, ding. fox news sunday, major line - up on the issue, chris wallace talks with robert gibbs, he'll also host a couple members of the democratic leadership, republican congressman eric cantor of virginia, and karl rove, former senior advisor to president george w bush will be weighing in. all of that tomorrow on fox news sunday. look for it. >> there are new reports today that a second american woman is under arrest. this is an unbelievable story. in connection to an alleged plot to kill a controversial cartoonist. the 31-year-old is being held in ireland. her mother telling the associated press that ramirez converted to islam, renamed her son, and was teaching him to hate christians. caroline shively has the story. >> jamie polician ramirez doesn't fit the terror profiles out there. she's a woman, a mom, fair haired and light eyed and from rural colorado. but irish authorities say the colorado mother is one of four muslims they've taken into
custody for plotting to kill a swedish man over a cartoon he sketched that they believe insulted the prophet, mohammed. irish officials originally arrested seven people, but released three and now have until tuesday to officially charge polician ramirez or release her. there is connection with another american woman as well. on tuesday, u.s. officials revealed the terror indictment against a philadelphia woman who calls herself jihad jane. hours after polician ram raze was arrested. she's accused of plotting to kill the cartoonist. ramirez's mother confirmed to the associated press that her daughter was in contact with jihad jane. the cartoonist, alleged target. a group linked to al-qaeda in iraq, a bounty on him for a cartoon he drew. they also offered a bonus of $50,000 if he was, quote, slaughtered like a lamb, with
having his throat cut. >> caroline shively reporting from washington. thank you very much. >> a plea for forgiveness from the head of the catholic church in germany. archbishop apologizing to the victims of child abuse. the move coming after a private meeting between the archbishop and pope benedict. the church vowed to investigate to allegation -- the allegations greg bush streaming life from this issue. tell us about it. >> that's right. back in 2005 when he was still cardinal ratzinger, he spoke about what he called filth in the church. that was a good friday meditation. it shocked a lot of people because of using such a strong word. but i think he knew what had happened in the united states and he was truly shocked by that himself and on his visit to the united states a couple years ago, pope benedict was quite clear in speaking about the problem of abuse on several
occasions. we had all been wondering when he would speak about it. he actually started on the plane and then on several other occasions as well. he also met with abuse victims. now today, the vatican spokesman accusing some people in germany of attempting to damage the pope with this, trying to tar him, connect him to the abuse cases there. father lombardi saying that is not working. today the head of the german bishops conference, yesterday the head of the bishop's conference in germany met with pope benedict and briefed him about the says and said the pope was deeply disturbed by that. they did talk about what they could do to fix it up. finally, he also told us yesterday that there was a news conference, he said the church takes its responsibility. it does not want to make excuses. it does want to put things in context, say this is not only happening in the catholic church, it's happening in a lot of other places. of course, the victims certainly don't want to hear that at this time. they want to hear what are you doing to fix it? who is going to jail?
rick. >> streaming live from rome, thanks very much. >> a little pleasure -- what a pleasure it was going to work with the umbrellas flying the other way. flood watch in effect for philadelphia, down a little south right now, the city along with much of the northeast getting hit with pounding rains and heavy winds and there are fears that melting snow could make flooding problems even worse across the region. domenica davis is live with all the bad news in the fox news weather center. >> yeah. not much good news to report because the system actually sticking around through sunday. in many of those rivers are above its banks because it's the snow melts combined with this rain making problems. in philadelphia, the schuylkill having problems and many rivers coming out of its banks. it's just a big old mess that stretches all the way back into the ohio valley. some of the heaviest rain right now is lifting to the north and you can see it's pushed out of
the mid atlantic. nice band getting ready to go through new york and then some of the heavier rain tonight is going to start to push into new england. off to the back there through the western part of pennsylvania we're dealing with very heavy downpours. where you see the yellow and orange, that's where we have an inch coming down per hour. very heavy rain to go through. as it all piles up over the next 48 hours, we're going to be looking at is some of the heaviest rain stretching from new york up to portland and that's where we'll have likely three to four-inches, in some case cost have five inches of rain. the storm impact also go beyond flooding. it will be beach erosion, that's because the winds have been gusting upwards of 50 miles per hour in some cases, that lasts through tonight and tomorrow. that can cause some power outages. unfortunately, this has a ways to go and the storm track doesn't take it out of here until monday morning. juliette. >> we're already seeing a lot of flood not guilty new york. thank you. >> my relatives in the philadelphia area getting socked.
first the snow -- >> it's not all about you and your relatives. just kidding. i'm sorry, relatives. >> good point. >> i'm only kidding. >> i know. when we come back, we'll talk about our nation's debt, massive debt that will be passed on to future generations. several republicans are now supporting new legislation to curb spending. the senator from oklahoma, jim imhoff is here and lay out a brand-new plan that he put on the table. plus the family car most likely to help keep you and your loved ones safe. consumer reports will be here with a brand-new list. >> were we in the dark? >> i think the lights are back on. >> i wanted to point that out, everybody. >> we got to pay our bills. we'll be right back.
welcome back. let's take a look at the headlines for the hour. second major terrorist attack rocking pakistan. in less than 24 hours, authorities say homicide bomber driving motorized rickshaw, attack add security checkpost in pakistan. at least 13 people are dead and more than 50 hurt. the governor of california now ordering a review of the way the state handled the case of a convicted sex offender. john gardner in a suspect in the death of two san diego teens. that's him. former secretary of state henry kissinger has been hospitalized
in south korea. he is said to be suffering from stomach pains, but expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow. our nation's exploding deficit will surely be on the minds of many voters during this fall's midterm elections. now a number of lawmakers on capitol hill are introducing something called the help act. it's it means honest expenditure limitation program and our next guest introduced it. oklahoma senator james inhofe is a republican and we're very pleased to have you. thanks very much for being here. in 30 seconds or less, tell us what the help act is all about. >> well, what i did is take the reductions that obama said that he was going to do. remember he said he would freeze spending, discretionary spending at the 2010 levels. well, big deal. this is after he's already increased them in one year by 20%. so what i'm doing, rick, is winding it back, instead of freezing it at 2010 levels,
freeze the nondefense discretionary funding at 2008 levels. that starts off 20% less. now, what that will do will increase, will actually make almost a trillion dollars at the end of that ten-year budget cycle. and so many people are all wrapped up in this thing about earmarks, you got to keep in mind, i was rated last week as the most conservative member of the united states senate, and i'm here to tell you that the earmarks don't save a penny. all you do, if you kill an earmark for an appropriation is send that to the white house. so if you really want to do something, join this thing -- by the way, i introduced it three or four days ago and within the first 15 minute, we had 32 co-sponsor. >> let me ask you about earmarks. one of your colleagues in the senate, john mccain, said, you've got to define earmarks and that's an unauthorized proportion. he said if you authorize it, even if you disagree with it, that's the right process. but what earmarks have done is
totally circumvent what we should be doing and that's authorizing and then appropriating. what do you think about that? >> i heard that because that's my definition. not senator john mccain and i'm glad he's finally caught on. they're always talk being authorizing and appropriating. those are two processes. i'm an authorization committee. if you authorize it first, that means it's gone through the venting process, things like platforms for our military and all that. then you appropriate it. but if you go down to the floor and they're appropriating something that has not been authorized, that's where they swap out the deal. here you're only talking about almost no money. the big money is in the -- that's 1 1/2% of discretionary spending. i want to go after 98 1/2% of discretionary spending. >> sir, doesn't it all add up? i mean, earmark after earmark after earmark, pretty soon you're talking about a lot of money and i think that there might be some people out there a bit confused to hear you talking about cutting spending while not talking about putting a ban on
earmarks. >> no. it's very important, rick, very important to understand. when you eliminate an earmark, it doesn't save a penny. it just sends that to the executive. that's the president of the united states. that's why so many democrats are wanting to go ahead and jump on this thing eliminating earmarks, that will do nothing but send that money to the president. we went through this in 2007 when we didn't pass -- we only passed two out of 12 appropriation bills and that caused it to go into all that money went into the president, that was george bush at that time, 100% of that money that year went to the five largest cities in america. if you eliminate an earmark, it doesn't save a cent, it merely sends that to the president. >> let me ask you about spending. we all talk about how spending is out of control, people don't like it. but they do like the services that the government spending actually pays for and it seems to a lot of people out there that there is nobody in washington, with all due respect, sir, who has got the guts to stand up and say, you
know what, all those programs that you love, all those programs that we get to send back to our districts, we can't have them anymore. we can't afford them. >> our constitutional responsibility under article 1, section 9, is congress, the senate and the house, are supposed to be doing the authorizing and the appropriating. if you say that you want to eliminate earmarks, that means we see the authority -- creed that authority to the president. yeah, we have a lot of things we want. i'm for a lot of the eda programs, we need to do something about infrastructure in america. i'm the one who put the amendment on the stimulus bill, the first one that came along to try to do something about using that money to build roads and bridges and highways, put people to work. this president used it for social engineering. i think we all know that and that doesn't stimulate anything. >> i hate to look back. i i got to ask you while you're here because this deficit
spending is really nothing new. were you fighting against all of this stuff during the bush administration? >> yeah, but let's clarify this, rick, because you asked that question and people will assume that the bush administration was doing the same thing. the bush administration, since they were negotiating two wars with a bled down military they inherited from clinton, in the last six years, if you add up all the deficits from the bush administration, it was less than the deficit that came out of the first budget of barak obama. six times, his deficit was six times over the six years last year's of the bush administration. >> the war funding, as i understand it, goes into the budget, where it did not happen that way during the bush administration. i'm not here to defend either one of those presidents, the past or the current. but i've got to ask you because it seems like right now folks are really fed up with members of both parties, that there is a real push for all incumbents to get them out of here and i'm just wondering, you've got four
years or so, i believe, until you're up for reelection, sir. but in this current climate, unless things really change, do you feel vulnerable? >> i don't feel at all vulnerable 'cause most of the member -- the people who really decide in my state of oklahoma who to vote for, they vote for conservative. i was ranked by the national journal last week as the most conservative member of the united states senate. i can assure you in my state of oklahoma, doesn't want to get rid of someone with that record. >> jim inhofe is a republican from the great state of oklahoma and we're so glad you came on to talk to us today. thank you so much for your time, sir. >> thank you, rick. >> # this is a of course news alert a. terrible story coming out of georgia. cobb county, georgia, this is apparently video of a wrong way driver in a truck cause ago two vehicle accident. this happened on i20. it happened near six flags. obviously a place that is, when it's open, has a lot of kids and it was open.
according to cobb county police, three people critically injured. officer hernandez is the one who told the local officials there. the wreck apparently involved the truck and an suv and a rescue team has been sent to the team. they were taken away. all lanes of i-20 are blocked. if you're down there near six flags and riverside parkway, you'll have some trouble. the amusement park is right near there. open until 7:00 o'clock today. >> do you know if there were any kids inside any of those vehicle as soon as. >> no information as of this point. >> we'll keep our eye on that story and bring you more information. when we come back, we'll talk about manufacturing jobs, supporting america's working class in this country for generations and while many factories have closed, there has been a hiring surge in some of the factories that are still open. but are these jobs as important as they once were and what role might they play in a recovery? we'll take a look when we come right back.
welcome back. bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news. iowa is bracing for flooding. ice floes. dams on the cedar river expected to crest three feet over flood stage. >> votes being counted in iraq's national election and the prime minister's political coalition has taken an early lead in the all important city of baghdad. >> palestinian women fighting with israeli security forces at a west bank border crossing. four protesters have been detained, but no injuries reported. after years of losing out to foreign workers, americans are starting to see a surge in manufacturing jobs here in the u.s. it's partly because of the push for green technology, but many are coming from traditional manufacturers, like caterpillar, gm and intel. are these jobs as important as they were a generation ago? let's bring in the president of a private wealth strategies.
a rise in manufacturing, how could this be? i thought these were jobs from the past? >> in some ways they are jobs from the past, but you know, i'm reminded that of the launch in the movie, wall street, at the end of the movie, when greed is good stockbroker fox's father said, yeah, well, maybe that's the price, son. it's going to be hard on you, but maybe in a kind of screwed up way, it's the best thing that could have happened to you. stop going for the easy buck and produce something with your life. create instead of living off the buying and selling of others. and i think that that is what this country has to do and we can absolutely do is it. >> the fed chair saying the manufacturing has been leading the recovery so far. i'm wondering what does that say more about is this more about manufacturing or more about how strong this recovery is? >> i think it says more about manufacturing and i think it speaks to the heart of the problem, rick, in that let's face it, the last thing that's
going to create millions of jobs is having more financial advisors like me. millions of job creation has got to come from the manufacturing sector, from the building out, the retooling, and the getting back to actually putting lots and lots of people to work. millions of people need jobs and the manufacturing sector has to do it. >> you're not only a financial advisor, you're a movie critic as well. don't be so modest. so trade. let's talk about trade, let's talk about exports. are there countries out there that are actually all of a sudden starting to buy up our stuff? >> i think that there has always been a market. there is an old saying, cost is an issue in the absence of value. we've had some industries historically such as aerospace and defense with great american companies like lockheed martin still leading the way. people will always buy that, will buy our products because in many ways, we make some of the best products in the world. so there is always been a market
for our merchandise. i think what we do not have and that we need is a level playing field in countries that can sell whatever they want here at whatever price they want. >> i'm thinking about china. is china buy buying any of our stuff? >> i think china is helping themselves, i think to some degree they are buying some of our merchandise, but you know what our trade deficit looks like here. clearly we're getting the short end of the stick and i think that our government can do something about that and i think they're going to. >> i've been reading in preparing to talk to you about this today about research and development budgets and how important a role that plays in manufacturing. companies have to go out there and in some case, the government has to help out so that kind of products are developed that people want to buy. we're all sensitive about spending. maybe you heard my conversation with senator inhofe. what's the appropriate role for the federal government to play when it comes to helping out in
the area of research and development? >> i think they have to play a tremendous role. i think that's what china and the chinese government has done to get their companies where they are today, is they foot the bill for a lot of this. i believe that our government can do a number of things for that. certainly obvious things like tax credits for research and development, but i think we could go a little deeper. let's give some creative think tanks together here and figure out some ways that we can do more to subsidize this, more to create the cutting edge technology, but not just the technology, the actual manufacturing. we have a number of companies in our country such as apple that have the ideas, they make the profits, but they ship the manufacturing overseas. i'd like to see that come back here. >> i think that's a good point. michael, gordon gecko on wall street, there is a sequel coming up. we'll have you back for your comments on the squall to "wall
street." thank you. we appreciate you. >> he goes to movies.com and gets his info. i like that. let's talk a different subject. u.s. marines preparing to go to afghanistan to join in the fight against the taliban. before they ship out, every marine gets live fire training in the desert in california. the dress rehearsal looks very much like the real thing on the battle thing. rick leventhal will join them next month and gets a firsthand look at what it takes to get ready for combat. watch this. >> when the third l.a. r blasted into iraq in 2003, the battalion was led by lieutenant colonel stacy clarity. >> this is a whole different ball game from my perspective. we're doing fine. >> probably around 45, 50 pounds. >> in 2007, he became the commanding officer of a sprawling air base in iraq's western province. >> i got here in january. this was considered to be the most dangerous place in iraq.
it was probably the most dangerous place in the world. now it's not. >> he helped reduce casualties by convincing local sheiks to work with the forces. >> they were tired of al-qaeda. they want to live in the rest of the world and be counted. they want their children to grow up in a world better than theirs. >> now he's general clarity, the commander in charge of 29 palms air ground combat center in california. the largest live fire training base in the world. >> we believe as marines that the shedding of sweat here will prevent the shedding of blood there. >> every marine heading to iraq or afghanistan trains here. while some americans may be growing weary of war, morale remains high. >> war is about will and winning in war is about the will to win. with the marines that will is sound and strong. we have no trouble keeping
marines in the marine corps, no trouble with marines going back to war as necessary because as i do, as we all do, as americans, we want to finish the job. >> and the next group of marines to head to afghanistan, the first l.a. r. out of camp pendleton, wrapping up their live training exercises now, preparing to head out in the next few weeks. rick leventhal, fox news. >> when we come back, violence breaking out in jerusalem. israeli troops and palestinians clashing at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the disput muted city. palestinians throwing rocks and soldiers firing tear gas to push them back. this confrontation coming as tensions in hotly contested city are on the rise. more from jerusalem. >> hi. dozens of palestinian women scuffled with israeli troops near jerusalem as religious and political tension continued to rise. the clashes took place at checkpoints between the west bank and jerusalem. the women were gathered to mark
women's day. some of them shouted jerusalem is arab. jerusalem is our eternal capitol. soldiers dragged some of the women during a scuffle. at one point, tear gas was disbursed. a fire bomb also hit a military jeep as southerns tried to extinguish the fire. the tensions are growing as hope for peace talks between israelis and palestinians seem to have ended before they began. yesterday israel sealed off the west bank in an attempt to prevent protests from escalating. police were on stand-by. earlier this week, israel announced plans to build 1600 more homes for jews inest jerusalem. land palestinians want for a future capitol. the announcement, embarrassing the white house, since it happened during vice president joe biden's visit to israel. secretary of state hillary clinton called israel's behavior insulting. next week, u.s. middle east envoy george mitchell is expected back in the region to try and get israelis and
palestinians to restart peace talks that have been stalled for 14 months. rick. >> thanks. >> all right. coming up, only military families know what it's like to have a loved one fighting overseas. some military daughters are finding new ways to support each other. claudia cowan has their story. >> hi. we're at a girls' weekend here in clovis, california. that's about more than just having fun. it's about offering a support to the daughters of military families who often have to fight their only personal battles when mom or dad gets sent away to fight. i'll have this inspiring story just ahead.
welcome back. these days many children have parents serving over seas. now two girls are using the internet to connect with teens like them and with the help of the national guard, they're planning to hold a conference so they can meet in person. new more from clovis, california with the story. claudia, hey there.
>> hey. it's hard enough being a teen-ager, but for thousands of girls here in california whose mom or dad are called up to fight in the global war on terror, the stress can be overwhelming. for the most part, they're left to cope with feelings of depression and loneliness on their own. this conference is out to change that, at least for military daughters and they kicked things off last night in high style with a very fun purple carpet dinner. 100 teen-agers from across the state have come together to offer each other support and inspiration and to learn skills to help them adjust. they also shared stories like this one, which sounded familiar to many girls here. 17-year-old caylee says she spent years suffering in silence, always worrying about when her father, a combat engineer with the california national guard, might be deployed. she says when he finally was, the stress got even worse. >> i just kind of got really, really depressed and my mom was super depressed and i just felt like i had to take on the role
of my dad and be super strong, independent person and which i really wasn't. >> about a year and a half ago, she connected with miranda and the two of them started a sisterhood of the traveling bdu's, battle dress uniform, so that other military daughters could network with each other and build their confidence. this conference has gotten a lot of support from the california national guard and it's the hope among everyone here that it will inspire similar support programs in all 50 states. and juliette, not just for the girls, but for the guys as well. >> that's a great story. claudia, thanks so much. >> all right. coming up, the family car is one of the most important purchases that you will ever make. we're looking around. we'll find out. this is a way you can make sure you're getting the best, the safest car for your money. our friends from "consumer reports" is here. >> we booked this segment for you. >> we'll be right back. don't go away.
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